Our Team


We think our company contains some of the best executive search professionals in the marketplace. They come from a broad range of backgrounds, but all possess significant experience of recruitment combined with the desire to have a positive impact on the world around them.

  • Lisa Aliche

    Lisa Aliche

    Lisa is an avid tennis enthusiast and an expert curator of Nigerian music. In her spare time, she enjoys watching documentaries and writing short stories. She hails from the quiet suburbs of America, but loves to travel whenever an opportunity presents itself.

    Lisa is based in New Jersey. She studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers State University. Upon graduation, she worked as an Advisor with Job Corps, the largest residential education and vocational training program for economically disadvantaged youth in the US. She later joined New Jersey City University as a Professional Services Specialist and Academic Instructor with Youth Corps, a pre-college career and education program for local youth. During her time at Youth Corps she was able to facilitate recruitment initiatives that doubled the size of the program within one year, as well as aid in the creation of a community oriented entrepreneurship scheme for program participants. Just prior to joining Society, she also served as a Researcher and Social Media Specialist for Sahara Reporters Media Group, a New York City based online news agency specializing in investigative and citizen journalism on the African continent. Lisa now works as a Researcher on assignments in North America and beyond that span a range of industries and functions.

  • Christiane Baehr

    Christiane Baehr

    Major chocoholic who, after years of research, cites Hachez as amongst the best in the world. Has in the past been seen cutting some shapes to ABBA on the dancefloor, but is now more likely to be found cutting out paper shapes with her two young daughters.

    Christiane is Society’s Office Manager and Bookkeeper. She studied German at Leicester University before going on to do a European Business Diploma at Anglia Polytechnic (now Anglia Ruskin University). Christiane started her career in high-end hotels, working for Forte in the front office of The Russell and The Strand Palace in London. She subsequently became General Manager of a small chain of gastro pubs. Eventually she decided to buy her own pub in Hampstead, which she ran with her husband for seven years.

  • George Berry

    George Berry

    George loves exploring in search of long walks in the wilderness and beautiful views. He’s also attended music events all around the world, and he’s currently enjoying developing both his photography and painting skills.

    Originally from Abergavenny in Wales, George attended the University of Birmingham to read International Business with Hispanic Studies. His degree included a year in industry, which saw him working in Chile as an Import/Export Analyst and then in Argentina as an Assistant to the manager of a small promotion company. Before joining Society, George worked as a waiter in hotels and restaurants in Wales, Lanzarote and Mallorca, and also did a short stint in a sales and marketing role. He is now a Researcher assisting on senior appointments across the company, with a particular focus on our Hospitality and Leisure practice.

  • Paul Bullock

    Paul Bullock

    Bit of a science fiction geek. Receives a Christmas card from George Lucas every year. Prior to injuring himself, he was a keen paintballer. Now the father of two small children, he spends his free time pretending to be a Power Ranger or giving piggyback rides.

    Paul was born on the Wirral. He went to school at the Greek Orthodox Edgbaston College in Birmingham, before joining the army in a somewhat rebellious move upon graduation. After five years’ service, Paul returned to civilian life working in hospitality and retail in a succession of general management roles. He fell into recruitment by accident, after a visit to Michael Page International, but took to it quickly, soon becoming one of their top-performing consultants. In 2009 he moved into the retained search sector, and he joined Society shortly afterwards as one of the business’ first colleagues. Paul now heads up Society’s work in the Retail and Consumer Goods sector, both domestically and internationally. His personal search track record involves senior appointments for FTSE 100 businesses like Kingfisher Plc, high street brands such as Lloyds Pharmacy, Dune and Coach, massive international retailers like LC Waikiki and Fossil, omnichannel retailers like QVC, boutique Royal Warrant holders such as John Bell & Croydon, and iconic luxury brands like Liberty of London.

  • Ruth Davidson

    Ruth Davidson

    A self-confessed coffee, shopping, and Great British Bake Off addict. Favourite pastimes include travelling the world or at least escaping the city for countryside adventures. Can often be found exploring London's live music scene.

    Ruth grew up in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. She has a degree in Sociology and Criminology from Cardiff University. Immediately prior to joining Society, Ruth worked for the Belfast-based charity, Volunteer Now, where she helped to recruit and train 4,000 volunteers for the 2013 World Police and Fire Games. She now leads Society’s work in the area of Development and Fundraising, handling appointments such as the Director of Development for Royal Holloway, University of London, the Executive Director for External Engagement for City Lit, and the Director of Partnerships for the World Heart Federation. Her personal search track record also includes senior appointments across the global Not-For-Profit sector including Director-level appointments for FSD Africa, Shelter and Oxfam.

  • Thomas Devlin

    Thomas Devlin

    An amateur artist, a keen historian, and a bit of a film nerd, Thomas is a great addition to any pub quiz team. Ever the thrill-seeker, he enjoys rock climbing, and longboarding, and one day hopes to hurl himself out of a plane for charity.

    Thomas is originally from Kent in the South East of England. He studied History at Royal Holloway, University of London, subsequently doing a Masters degree in Crusader Studies. Prior to joining Society he worked primarily in the hospitality industry, holding a number of bar and venue management roles. He also visited South Africa and Mozambique on an animal conservation project. Thomas now works as a Researcher, focusing on senior appointments in the Retail and Consumer Goods sector for clients such as Sainsbury’s, B&Q, and Wolseley.

  • Hannah Doughty

    Hannah Doughty

    Hannah hails from Fortrose in the Scottish Highlands. She’s got an adventurous streak and once spent three months paddling a canoe down Canada’s Mackenzie River. However in her more relaxed moments she can be found drinking tea with her nose in a book.

    Hannah studied English Literature and History at the University of Edinburgh. During her time at University she was involved with FreshSight, a student-run social enterprise, providing consultancy services to not-for-profits and start-ups. Having spent some time as a Consultant for FreshSight, she subsequently became their Training Manager, tasked with equipping a new generation of consultants to deliver for their clients. Since starting with Society Hannah has worked with a variety of schools and education groups across the globe on both senior leadership and strategic service roles. Most recently she has been assisting the Cambridge Education Group with a Director of Operational Quality and Aga Khan Academies with both Headship and Academic Director roles.

  • Gareth Duxbury

    Gareth Duxbury

    A curious mix of train enthusiast and American football aficionado obsesses about trying to hit 14,500 steps a day. Gareth also enjoys dystopian film and novels, biographies of US Presidents, and a wide range of fiction. A fan of infrastructure, he is a continual source of inane trivia.

    Originally from North Yorkshire, Gareth read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford as a mature student. He subsequently worked for the University as a member of the first ever central student recruitment team. He joined the executive search firm Perrett Laver in 2010 as a member of their Global Higher Education practice. As one of the firm’s Consultant team, Gareth led a succession of senior executive level and board appointments for over 50 HEIs globally. In 2012, he helped to establish the firm’s first international office in Sydney, working for clients such as RMIT University, Murdoch University and Australian Technology Network. After leaving Perrett Laver, Gareth joined Imperial College London Business School as part of their Executive Education team, focusing on Client Relationships and Business Development. Since joining Society in 2015, Gareth has led assignments for clients including the Aga Khan University, the Asian University for Women, Cranfield University, NEOMA Business School, the Royal College of Art, Sheffield Hallam University, the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, Oxford, Surrey, University College London and University College Cork.

  • Megan Fisher

    Megan Fisher

    Achieved her goal of running her first marathon in 2016, has now turned her sights to triathlons. If not running, cycling or swimming, can be found most weekends sampling the best delicacies at one of London’s many food markets.

    Megan grew up in South Wales on the Gower Peninsula. She read Geography at University College London (UCL), graduating with a 2:1. As well as having some previous experience in the retail sector, Megan has also interned at the Home Office and with the Welsh Government’s Department of Geography and Technology. Immediately prior to joining Society she had been volunteering as a researcher for the Somers Town Community Association in the vicinity of Kings Cross St Pancras, helping them to develop their response to local authority proposals concerning the planned redevelopment of the area. As well as working on international appointments for the likes of FSD Kenya, Aktis Strategy and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, her personal search track record ranges from the Chief Executive for Team Rubicon UK and the Head of Business Development for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to the Programme Head, Public Administration and Law at Nuffield Foundation.

  • James Lea

    James Lea

    Keen traveller and secret interior designer. Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the ever-expanding New York restaurant scene. James is married to a Kiwi, so every opportunity he gets he is off on a plane to the land of the long white cloud.

    James is now based in New Jersey, but originates from Lancashire in the UK. He studied for a Hospitality HND at Thames Valley University (now the University of West London). Upon graduation he was enrolled onto the bespoke management training course at the Landmark London hotel. After a number of years, James relocated to Australia, where he became Corporate Events Sales Manager for the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney. He moved into recruitment in 2007 at Hudson Global Resources, handling appointments in the Accounting and Finance space, before moving to Hostec and opening their London office. Immediately prior to joining Society, James worked for Portfolio International, part of the PSD Group. Based in New Jersey, he is now the first point of contact for Society’s North American client base, across all sectors. His personal search track record includes the Secretary of the Oriental Club, the Head of Human Resources for the Maybourne Hotel Group, and a Regional Director for Sabre Hospitality. He has also completed appointments for the likes of Peninsula Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG),,,, and Expedia.

  • Simon Lucas

    Simon Lucas

    Proud father and husband. Lives in North Hertfordshire. Has a ridiculously large collection of DVDs (carefully alphabetised). Geeky fascination with Ancient Egypt and the Dark Ages. Loves that particularly unfashionable genre of 80s rock involving long-winded guitar solos.

    Simon co-founded Society in 2009. He previously worked at the executive search firm Perrett Laver for nearly seven years. Simon grew up in South Wales, and read Philosophy and Politics at the University of Warwick. He’s a former Head Boy of Olchfa Comprehensive School in Swansea, and a former President of the University of Warwick Students’ Union. His personal search track record includes handling Vice-Chancellor appointments for the University of Southampton and the University of Nottingham, Chief Executive appointments for the English-Speaking Union, Membership Solutions Ltd (MSL), and the National Trust for Scotland, and Non-Executive appointments for HM Treasury, CAFCASS, and the Debt Management Office. Simon was a founding Trustee of The Society Foundation and is currently a Governor of Hitchin Girls' School in Hertfordshire.

  • Rachael Marshall

    Rachael Marshall

    As the book-loving daughter of a librarian, Rachael often misses her stop on the Tube due to being engrossed in chick lit or the latest ASoIaF. She has been known to frequent a catwalk, but quickly discovered the fastest way off one. And she’s no stranger to Tatler magazine.

    Rachael comes from West Lothian in Scotland. She read Spanish and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, where she helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity as part of the DONT WALK fashion show (the one made famous by the Duchess of Cambridge). Before joining Society she spent eight months teaching English in a high school in Madrid. She has also gained experience working in marketing, retail and hospitality for Brown Forman, Levi Strauss, and Hotel du Vin respectively. Rachael now works as part of our Higher Education team, handling appointments for universities all around the UK, as well as in countries such as Pakistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

  • Richard Murphy

    Richard Murphy

    Self-confessed ‘plastic Scouser’ from the Wirral Peninsula. Keen football enthusiast who still avidly follows Liverpool FC. Richard also has a passion for travel and recently took a three month sabbatical travelling around Asia, having completed five years with Society in 2015.

    Richard read Ancient History at the University of Birmingham, before spending a year travelling around Latin America. On returning to the UK, he joined Society as the company’s first researcher. He is now the Head of Research and has responsibility for overseeing and coordinating research activity across the company. He also specialises in conducting searches within the higher education sector. Over recent years, Richard has worked on senior appointments with a diverse range of universities, both domestically and internationally. His search track record includes the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Swansea University, the Director of the Institute for Human Development for the Aga Khan University (with campuses in Pakistan, Tanzania and Kenya), the Director of Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing at the University of East Anglia, the Dean of the College of Business at the University of Derby, the Director of CILT at the University of Cape Town, a variety of senior posts within Imperial College Business School, and strategically important academic and professional services appointments for the universities of Coventry, Dundee, Exeter, and Surrey, and for the University of Western Sydney.

  • Neena Patel

    Neena Patel

    Unquestionably the office's biggest Harry Potter fan, Neena admits to having the complete collection of novels, films and audiobooks. She grew up in Clacton On-Sea in Essex.

    Neena read Politics at the University of Surrey, and majored in Policy Studies. For her undergraduate dissertation she investigated why her hometown elected the country's first ever United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Member of Parliament. Prior to joining Society, Neena worked for Croydon’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau as a Gateway Assessor and Social Policy Coordinator, and at the Runnymede Trust as a Research and Policy Intern. She was also a Housing Assistant for a period at Circle Housing Merton Priory. As part of our Higher Education team her track record includes, the Head of Research Programmes at the Royal College of Art, the Director of Communications and Public Relations and the Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, both for the University of Surrey and the Head of Science at Benenden School.

  • Freddie Priestley

    Freddie Priestley

    A keen, if injury-plagued, sportsman. Freddie is happiest in the gym, making music, or travelling the world. In the future, he hopes to explore South America, DJ in clubs around London, and coach sport at school level.

    Freddie was born in Yorkshire but grew up in Aberdeenshire and eventually moved to Bournemouth aged 16. After spending six months travelling around Australia, he undertook a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. Before joining Society he worked as a Teaching Assistant in both Secondary and Primary education, specialising in students with learning and behavioural difficulties. Freddie now undertakes research on assignments across a range of different sectors and functional areas.

  • Tanya Stevens

    Tanya Stevens

    Chatty native New Yorker, who now calls London home. Loves Haribo, running in the great outdoors, and scrumming down with her two small children. Has a penchant for writing, travel and yoga. Can often be found rocking out to Dave Matthews, Morrissey, and most things in between.

    Tanya joined Society to lead and develop our work in the Not-For-Profit arena. She previously spent several years in charity executive search at Peridot Partners and TMP Worldwide, and prior to this worked for an internship provider placing American University students into roles across London. Tanya grew up on Long Island and studied International Relations and Journalism at Boston University, before moving to the UK. She also holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London. Her recent track record spans the UK not-for-profit and global development arenas, and includes Chief Executive appointments for Team Rubicon UK, Step Up To Serve, the Youth United Foundation, and the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan. Tanya has handled myriad Director-level appointments, including the Director of Services for Shelter, the Director of Capital Markets Development for FSD Africa, the Director of Arts and Business for Business in the Community, the Head of Development for Start Network and the Head of Organisational Development and Strategic HR for Creative Metier. She also recruits challenging middle management roles for clients including Oxfam International, Aktis Strategy and the Nuffield Foundation. Tanya is a Trustee of The Society Foundation, and of Magpie Dance, a disability arts charity based in South East London.

  • Conor Wilson

    Conor Wilson

    Keen on long-distance walking, running and cycling, Conor leads a lifestyle just active enough to excuse his love of ramen (the saltier the broth, the better). He’s passionate about music and can often be spotted at gigs in and around London, though his niche taste means he’s often forced to go alone.

    Conor grew up in Boston, Lincolnshire. After graduating with a first class degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, he became a qualified English language instructor and bought a one-way ticket to Ho Chi Minh City. Whilst teaching in Vietnam, Conor found time to travel across South East Asia, visiting Cambodia, Singapore and the Philippines, and completing an epic 2,000 kilometre bicycle ride in aid of various children's charities. He later relocated to Tokyo, where he spent a rewarding semester teaching at a University. Upon his return to the UK, Conor spent two years at Society working across the global education sector, handling appointments in the UK, Kenya, Mozambique, France, and India for the likes of University College London, Royal Grammar School Guildford, AKES and Aga Khan Academies. In 2015 he took a year out from executive search to work in international student recruitment for the University of Reading, visiting schools and attending exhibitions across Sub-Saharan Africa. Conor is now leveraging this experience as he leads Society’s work with schools globally.

  • Shehrazade Zafar-Arif

    Shehrazade Zafar-Arif

    Theatre goer and book lover. Shehrazade is the person who drags everyone to inspect old ruins while on holiday. Her current travel ambition is to take the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia.

    Shehrazade grew up in Pakistan and moved to the UK to study English Literature at University College London. She subsequently completed a Masters in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London. Her jobs prior to joining Society include working as a Content Researcher for Blippar, a visual discovery app, and as an editor for the online newspaper Urban Times. She has also tutored GCSE English on the side. Shehrazade currently works on a variety of senior level appointments, with a particular emphasis on those that cross traditional sector boundaries or have a significant international dimension.


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